Maersk-Seago’s recent modifications to the group’s Baltic Sea services have triggered further developments in the trade to this region.
Maersk and its intra-Europe sister company are about to change their services to the Baltic, and especially to St Petersburg, from a ‘summer pattern’ into a ‘winter pattern’. This move caters for seasonal fruit imports with improved direct links from citrus export countries and it takes into account the annual icing season, which requires some ports in the Baltic to be covered with ice-classed vessels.
In this respect, Maersk is to stop its ‘KNSM’ in favour of two direct Morocco-St Petersburg links. The carrier also cuts the Baltic leg from its ‘CRX’ in mid-October, as this service is not run with ice-classed ships.
In the wake of these changes, Maersk-Seago is to open a new Bremerhaven-based weekly Baltic Feeder to Kotka and St Petersburg. The new feeder will start operations on 16 October with the 1,404 teu ice-classed HEINRICH EHLER and a second yet to be nominated vessel on a 14-day roundtrip.